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Tuco had it right

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In The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Tuco , who is submerged in a bathtub and is about to be shot by a man who is hunting him, shoots the man first and then offers a great motto to live by: “If you’re gonna shoot, shoot. Don’t talk.” Which is a great way to […]

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Watch Out: If you like diet drinks

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A study just published in the journal, Circulation, is worrisome news for anyone who loves their diet drinks. In this study of over 80,000 post-menopausal women, regular consumption of diet drinks (defined as 2 or more diet drinks a day) was linked to a significantly increased risk of strokes. Why? Could be something in the […]

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Watch out: OTC drugs can harm your kidneys

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For all those millions of you who think that just because some drug is sold over-the-counter, there is no reason to worry about it, here’s something important to worry one of the most popular class of OTC drugs, what are knows as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS), drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen. In a concerning study published […]

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Falling is dangerous. For everyone

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The Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos) is an ongoing (over 20 years now) population-based study of community-dwelling adults over the age of 25 (that was then; most are way middle-aged or even older now, obviously) which has taught us a ton about the impact that osteoporosis (OP) and consequent fractures have on the lives of […]

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Drink too much? Suffer. Period.

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Beer before wine and you’ll feel fine; wine after liquor, never sicker., Uh, no. At least not according to an excellent study recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In this study, in the first week, 90 (presumably very happy and willing) volunteers were given set amounts of beer and wine to drink, […]

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Walk, walk, walk

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According to a lovely conclusion in a recent study that was published in the unbelievably-named International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (the publisher is clearly a person with one of those kids with three hyphenated last names, which many of them will eventually discard anyway), all you need to do to achieve the […]

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According to its website, ” the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine (that makes) evidence-based recommendations about preventive services such as screenings, counseling services, and preventive medications.” So presumably, this is where a person who would like to get educated about prevention should go to […]

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Calcium in arteries? Hard to figure

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According to many cardiologists, calcium in the coronary arteries (detected on scanning, often as a screening test for heart disease) is a major risk factor for heart attacks and premature death, so if you have calcium in your cardiac arteries, you need to do something about it, which in the US at least, far too […]